Child Protection and SAFEGUARDING

Chalfont Valley is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff, parents and volunteers to share this commitment.

We continuous develop and improve our robust safeguarding processes and procedures to promote a culture of safeguarding amongst our staff and volunteers.

We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy which can be viewed in the Policies section of our website.

We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us.

All school staff are trained in Child Protection, and children are made aware of the adults they can talk to if they have any concerns. All concerns are to be reported to a designated safeguarding person (please see below).

Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.

We support the Government’s Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism.

We are committed to inspiring, challenging and safeguarding our pupils, enabling them to become:

  • Successful learners, who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve.
  • Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives.
  • Responsible citizens who will make a positive contribution, both socially and economically, to society.

If you have any questions please contact Mrs A Tucker (Headteacher)

Why is child protection important?

All children have a right to protection.

All children should be protected against:

abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence.

Many organisations have a statutory duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people, and a  successful approach requires multi-agency collaboration and ensuring that child wellbeing  has the highest priority.

What is the difference between child protection and safeguarding?

Safeguarding, and promoting the welfare of children, is a broader term than child protection. It focuses upon having systems and procedures in place to protect all children from maltreatment, preventing impairment of children’s health or development, and ensures children grow up in safe circumstances.

Child protection is part of this structure and refers to activities and actions taken to prevent children from suffering, or being likely to suffer, from significant harm.

Child Protection

  • Child Protection and Safeguarding is a priority here at Chalfont Valley E-Act Academy.
  • If it is felt that any child is at risk in any way the Designated Person and Deputy Designated Person will take the necessary action.

In the Reception area as you enter our school, and around the academy there are posters which show photographs of the members of staff who are Designated Persons and also Owen Walters, Regional Safeguarding Lead (Owen.walters@e-act.org.uk) and John Spring, National Safeguarding Lead (John.spring@e-act.org.uk) .

If you have any worries or concerns that a child is being harmed or is at risk of being harmed, or if you receive a disclosure, please contact either by calling 01494 764521 and ask for the designated safeguarding lead, or email them on officechalfontvalley@chv.e-act.org.uk:

Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mr Mr Sykes

Deputy Safeguarding lead: Mrs E Wilson and Mrs A Howes

Designated teacher for Looked after children (LAC)/Post looked after children (PLAC): Mrs E Wilson

Safeguarding Mini Leads: 

At Chalfont Valley, we have key members of staff who are responsible for mini-aspects of Safeguarding. 

These are:

Preventing Radicalisation: Mr M Sykes

Children Missing in Education (CME): Mr M Sykes

FGM: Mrs E Wilson

Child Sexual Exploitation: Mr M Sykes

Mental Health: Miss C Kimsey

Online Safety: Mrs E Wilson

Equality Diversity Inclusion:  Mrs E Wilson

All staff have up to date training and designated persons have additional specialised training for their role. It is their duty to take necessary action depending upon the information shared with them.

Procedure

At Chalfont Valley E-Act Primary Academy our first priority is always the child and their welfare.

On rare occasions when a child is at risk it may be necessary to consult with other agencies prior to contacting parents.

The procedures we follow have been laid down by the Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Children’s Board. All members of staff have had at least Level 1 safeguarding training and have regular training on safeguarding throughout the year.

BUCKS INTERVENTION MENU

Staff are required to read and sign for all necessary policies related to safeguarding.

Please feel reassured that confidentiality at all times is imperative. Any information shared will be treated sensitively and with confidentiality.

Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy

KSCIE (Keeping Children Safe in Education) 2021

SAFETY CENTRE – CEOP

ACTION COUNTERS TERRORISM

 

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